The suspected face of infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper has finally been revealed after police made a startling discovery while going through old archives.
While the notorious killer’s true identity was never discovered, the killer’s only known facial composite has now been shared.
Found among dozens of artifacts was the face carved into the handle of a wooden walking stick that belonged to the police officer who spent years trying to capture him.
Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline was removed from the case in 1889 after failing to locate Jack the Ripper terrorizing the streets of London’s East End.
The chilling image is the only known facial composition of the killer, whose identity remains a mystery more than a century later.
For years, the wooden stick artifact had been stored at Police College in Bramshill, Hampshire, UK and was feared lost when the facility closed in 2015.
Thankfully, it was rediscovered by staff searching through memorabilia at the College of Policing’s headquarters in Ryton, West Midlands.
Jack the Ripper’s face is now featured to show recruits the advances in police technology.
A spokesman for the College of Policing said two staffers discovered it while searching artifacts put into storage after Bramshill closed.
“Finding this stick was an exciting moment for us,” said college content creator Antony Cash.
“Jack the Ripper is one of the largest and most notorious murder cases in our history, and his crimes were instrumental in paving the way for modern policing and forensics, prompting police to experiment and develop new techniques, while trying to solve these murders, such as crime scene preservation, profiling, and photography.
“This walking stick is such a fascinating artifact representing such a historically significant time in policing.
“It’s amazing that we’re able to display it here in Ryton alongside the original newspaper clippings so our officers can see first-hand how far we’ve come in policing since then.”
Jack the Ripper brutally butchered at least five women within three months in 1888.
Each victim had their throats cut and their bodies mutilated in a manner that suggested the killer had some knowledge of human anatomy.
Half a kidney removed from a victim was sent to police along with a series of taunting notes from the alleged killer, who called himself “Jack the Ripper”.
The police made great efforts to expose and catch him, but to no avail.
Her failure to find the serial killer sparked public outrage that led to the resignation of the London Police Commissioner.
The cane was gifted to Detective Abberline after he was taken off the case.
He retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1892 after 30 years of service and died in 1929, never knowing Jack the Ripper’s true identity.
Originally published as Jack the Rippers only known facial composite found in archives